Rumor: 5.25-inch Galaxy S5 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display enters mass production

December 24, 2013

    Galaxy S5 concept

    A new report from South Korea says that Samsung has started mass-producing 5.25-inch displays for the upcoming Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone.

    DDaily says that the Galaxy S5 will have a 5.25-inch AMOLED display that will pack an impressive WQHD resolution, or 2560 x 1440, for a pixel per inch density of 560 – a previous rumor also said hinted that Samsung’s next-gen smartphone will have a 2560 x 1440 display. According to the publication, the Galaxy S5 display will be similar to the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 when it comes to pixel arrangement, as Samsung will keep in place the diamond pixel arrangement seen in its 2013 flagship handsets.

    However, Samsung is yet to confirm Galaxy S5 development plans, and while this WQHD mass-production report is based on interviews with unnamed industry sources from South Korea, we’ll remind you that this is still just a rumor. In case you’re shopping for devices with 2560 x 1440 resolution, you can always check out the Vivo XPlay 3S.

    As we approach the busy CES 2014 and MWC 2014, we’ll remind you that various reports have claimed that Samsung will unveil and launch the Galaxy S5 early next year – or at least earlier than initially anticipated – as the company may be in a hurry to make up for the lower than anticipated Galaxy S4 sales with a new high-end device. However, these reports are also yet to be confirmed.

    Samsung’s competitors are similarly rumored to be working on new flagship devices including HTC, Sony and LG.

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    • Bone

      2k screen with low-power RGBW SAMOLED makes sense, it’ll have the sub-pixel density around the HTC One, but better efficiency and less reflectibility. And if combined with the rumored A57 64-bit Exynos 6 Octa, 4000mAh stacked battery and the low-light champ 16MP ISOCELL camera and metal/durable frame, it’ll be the S3 successor the S4 couldn’t be.

      • MasterMuffin

        I can promise right now that it won’t have a 4000mAh battery and a metal frame

        • Bone

          Metal frame is questionable, but I’ll stick with an at least 3500mAh battery, you in?

          • MasterMuffin

            3300! :)

            • Bishop

              On top of making the phone slightly bigger. I think if they rearrange the location of the speakers, rearrange the location of the sd card and sim slot, while not making the phone any thinner (Hopefully), I can easily see them fitting in a 3500 mAh battery.

              Based solely on the increase from the S3 to the S4, then we would expect a 3100 mAh battery. But that puts it pretty close to the G2, and with the increased resolution, it won’t fair as well.

              If Samsung isn’t so hard on making the phone so thin, they can get a larger battery in and with the added height, they could put in a thicker battery and easily push towards 4,000 mAh bettery. It really won’t feel so big anyways. But again, they will probably want to make it thinner and throw out a larger battery.

            • MasterMuffin

              I’m not thinking of what could be possible, I’m thinking about what Samsung will most likely do

            • Bishop

              Fair enough. But look at how Samsung rearranged the sim and sd card slots on the Note 3. If the S4 had a similar arrangement, it could have easily had a larger battery. All that is left for them is to rearrange the speakers and that will give the a lot of room for the battery on the S5

            • MasterMuffin

              I certainly hope they put as much effort as possible in putting as big battery as possible in it!

          • Ivan Myring

            No way. 3200 max

        • Simon Belmont

          My B&N Nook Color has a 4000mAh battery. It’s a freaking tablet.

          I agree the S5 won’t have a battery of that size. Probably mid 3000mAh, like you suggested.

        • Jay Holm

          Who cares what sort of frame it has, in al likeliness those who get it will get a case. I use a case by DualTek I got on Amazon.

    • John Williams

      The Oppo Find 7 is supposedly due in January, with a 2k display. That will have a steel frame.

      • Roberto Tomás

        but will it be an next-gen AMOLED display? (This isn’t one of the older types that had thick glass, this is a Youm display)

    • Jusephe

      Still pen-tile ???

      • Roberto Tomás

        they said same as Note 3 and S4 AMOLED — which are not pentile. But pentile doesn’t matter anymore anyway … once you can’t see the pixels *at all*, why do you care?

    • Luka Mlinar

      Phablet? No thanks. I rather not be ashamed to answer my phone on the street. 5″ is the limit for me. Or 5 +0,2 considering the phone has on screen buttons.

      • Lisandro O Oocks

        Right. I think regardless of screen size. It should stick to the dimensions on the Nexus 5. Having a nexus 4, I would enjoy less width so it is easier to grip while texting(gesture) with one thumb on stock Google Keyboard.

        • Bone

          The LG G2 is pretty much the same size of the Galaxy S3 or Nexus 5, so by trimming down bezels and stuff these manufacturers are managing to keep dimensions around 2012 standards, which is great. The S5 shouldn’t be larger or heavier by any noticeable margins to it’s two predecessors.

          • tech4life

            What I want to see is trimming if the top and bottom bezels, which may be a bit more difficult but consequently it should make larger screens easier to use.

            • MrMagoo

              I’ll second Bones”s statement! Having a G2, I’ve sized it up with all kinds of other phones and it’s pretty much the same size. With virtually no bezels or physical buttons, the screen pretty much takes up the whole front of the phone. Almost seems a lil weird when you first get the phone. But you easily get used to it :)

            • Lisandro O Oocks

              Now if all keyboards can be slanted to right or left like swiftkey’s, and somehow I can hold the phone with little effort without the fear of dropping it.. I wouldn’t care if it was 7 or ten inches.

            • MrMagoo

              This is an option in the built in keyboard. And again, the physical size is just about identical to that of a S4, S3, and the HTC One.

            • Luka Mlinar

              Agreed! Xperia ZL is the closest we came.

          • Luka Mlinar

            I think we all got our own personal chart when it comes to phone sizes but i personally use the S3 as the sort of limit to how big the phone should be. I am willing to go a few millimeters more just to reach the maximum a phone can be (5 inches) but that’s it. Only reason the G2 gets a pass is because it has on screan buttons, but that’s just my opinion.

            • tech4life

              Yeah I’m using the Z1 and for what it is, a 5 inch phone, it is way too big, not far off Note 3 size. Until some genetic mutation makes our hands 10 times bigger, I think the size of the G2 really should be the max.

      • Mike – Construction Contractor

        You shouldn’t be ashamed of answering your phone on the street – you should be ashamed of putting such a fine device beside that silly looking head of yours.

    • Mike Bastable

      it seems that Samsung’s underwhelming products are beginning to wane in their market domination. We can expect some REAL innovations from China this year…also LG seems to be resurrecting itself nicely at the moment ( it was historically the first to make a touchscreen phone before Sammy and Apple: so it is nice to have them back, now if only they could deal with their awful customer service and update record they could be a contender!)

      • Mozaik

        You are wrong , google it.

        • Jayfeather787

          No, he’s right. IBM was the first. Also look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touchscreen

          • Mozaik

            Thats what i was pointing.

            • Jayfeather787

              Oh sorry. I thought you replied to Mastermuffin. Can’t read. Wish this comment system was different.

      • MasterMuffin
        • Mike Bastable

          Guys!!!!!! we are talking about COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE products obviously….why be so pedantic? Instead of jumping on silly little nit picking points to disagree with..lets contribute to the discussion>? I would be interested to read MMUffin’s thoughts, or Mozaik views on the issue than simply have them as fact checkers to the nth degree.
          It would be nice to have your views on why Samsung is apparently NOT meeting its sales targets in the US and Europe for the Galaxy S4, and is rushing to launch the S5 early….
          My post was meant to generate discussion not some reference to a n IBM product that has no relevance to our discussions on this site.

          • MasterMuffin

            >:P

    • Jayfeather787

      Hardware looks good. Hopefully its metal vs. plastic this time. Most important thing for me is, i hope they tone down touchwiz a little.

      • tech4life

        Yes touchwiz is overdue for a redesign, and some good optimisation.

        • apianist16

          The main problem with Touchwiz is that there are too many features that don’t work properly. They sit in the background, causing the system to lag and chew up the battery. I recently was using the Note 10.1 2014 edition, and I was surprised at the jitter. There is no way that even an Exynos tablet should be lagging that much. I have heard that the SD800 version does not have this problem, but still!

    • abazigal

      Has Samsung wondered if the underwhelming sales of their S4 is precisely because they are releasing so many products? How many S3 owners are still locked into their 2-year contracts, and have little incentive to upgrade to a S4 or even Note3 phone? But total sales of their flagship phones seem to be quite good overall, so I am not sure if this is something they should be fretting about?

      • guest

        underwhelming? didn’t GS4 sales beat every single other android device this year?

        • abazigal

          It’s apparently still a lot less than Samsung’s own internal estimates. So either they have unrealistic goals, or ….?

        • Roberto Tomás

          it beat every other smartphone _ever_.

          • Mike Bastable

            not being an Apple fanboy, i love my Nexus and LG G2 i do have to point out that this title does belong to the iphone 5 (undeservedly)…if you take the Global sales Apple still makes the most popular MODEL phone, Samsung sells more of their RANGE of phones. S4 is the most popular Android phone. Nokia makes the most sold GSM ever.

            • Roberto Tomás

              well I think you’re wrong but I’m having trouble finding a source. this year so far in q4, samsung has sold over 70m units, almost 50% more than apple has ever sold in a whole year. I just can’t find the model breakdown. (check forbes)

      • apianist16

        Some people don’t even want to upgrade to bigger and better phones if their current one is still working fine. For example, I know many people still using the SII, and they are perfectly content. I think it is a credit to Samsung that their phones continue to sell better generation after generation, even with many of their customers not desiring/wanting an upgrade.

        • NeedName

          That’s actually a very good point. Samsung hasn’t ever gimped their devices the way apple does in order to drive upgrades. Therefore, Samsung probably doesn’t have anywhere near the 80% current users upgrading that apple relies on, which is bad news for apple in the long run.

          • apianist16

            Right. For example, the iPhone 5S has only 1 GB of RAM. That may not hurt them too much now, but wait two years and see if it is still adequate for iOS 9 and the high-definition games from 2015. I have heard iPhone users complain even now that “if I open too many tabs in Safari, my phone really starts slowing down.”

        • Brian

          Heads up before the post. I work for Samsung STA. I am saying this as a personal opinion not because of what I do for work.

          I help more people setting up a S4 than any other Samsung phone. People mainly moving from iPhones. Right behind the S4 would be the Note 3. I’m sure the LG G2 is a great phone but in the retail setting, its no where near as popular. I don’t even need to evangelize to customers, they know they want the S4. The LG reps just don’t talk to as many buying customers as my co-workers and I do in a single day. And now at Christmas its even more obvious. I forget to take breaks because I’m always with someone helping them either setup the device or explaining how to import their contacts from iCloud.

          This is my observation.

      • Mike Bastable

        they should be most analysts indicate a disappointing total sale score for the S4….Tizen will probably show us where and how Samsung intends to react to the first signs of decreased Android domination.

    • Dominik Ladoš

      5,25 inch display is for me too big max 5 inch

      • tech4life

        Yeah good point, I recently got my first 5 inch phone and I can only just use it in one hand. I do prefer it over my last phones display of 4.3 inch but I think five should be a reasonable limit, unless we can shrink the bezels all around the device and not just the sides. But reasonably, do we really need phones larger than 5 inch, especially when they don’t have special features like the S-pen.

        • Dominik Ladoš

          No we dont need bigger phones i think… 5″ is the max size to hold the phone in one hand. If we want bigger screens there are phablets or tablets…

          • Azeem

            The LG G2 has a bone to pick with you, then.

        • Simon Belmont

          I went from a 4.3 inch EVO 3D to a 4.7 inch Galaxy Nexus to a 5 inch Nexus 5 in the last six months. I was happy with each screen size.

          The Nexus 5 has such small bezels that it doesn’t feel huge to me even compared to my Galaxy Nexus, which actually felt less chunky than my EVO 3D. Go figure.

          • Dominik Ladoš

            I have also a Evo 3D and the problem is that the Evo is to heavy

        • aRisTokRaT

          i think samsung won’t make it bigger then s4. bezels will come smaller and s5 wil have almost the same size as s4

      • Roberto Tomás

        I am 1.92m tall; for me, anything over 9 inches in 16:9 format is too big. :)

    • Ilias

      I actually like Sammy, but i am disappointed with the quality. After issues with S2 jumped to S4 and the problems started again just after 2 weeks. Random dispay flickering, shut downs and almost burned because of the battery. Now i understand why Google switch to LG…..
      Long live G2 :D

      • Jayfeather787

        Custom roms is the solution. It is likely most of the problems are caused by the touchwiz crap. LG G2 is an excellent phone though, so that was a better decision.

      • Brightest Aura

        Agree. Cheap plastic phones and inferior customer service.

    • Mike – Construction Contractor

      There is a lot of talk about the phone being too big. What percentage of time are you talking (wanting something small) versus everything else (wanting something larger)?

      You know about headphones and bluetooth – right?

      • Luka Mlinar

        If i need to use headphones to use a phone ill just stop using a phone. Headphones or Bluetooth as a must is just ridiculous.

    • Roberto Tomás

      there were really great articles on that site. Some other headlines listed right there at the top of this article:
      Samsung, 8.10-inch AM OLED mass production … Catch the tablet market!
      — Samsung will begin mass production of 2 AMOLED tablets early next year: 8 inches and 10 inches.

      Taiwan also … AUO, 4.3 인치 flexible OLED prototype public
      — AUO (a major chinese display ODM) has an AMOLED in prototype stage that is 0.2mm thick and curves around a 1cm arc (you can roll it into a slightly thick pen-sized roll).

    • sammidam

      Samsung, please make the S5 the SHEEET! Please surprise us with the uber-OIS camera, a 10000mAh super-battery, an unannounced 100GHz processor.
      No? Ok.

    • Cal Rankin

      The only thing that concerns me is that the resolution is so high on such a small screen (in comparison to, say, the Nexus 10). In terms of pure specs, I’m all for it, but it seems illogical unless there are other benefits (less reflective screen, more efficient, etc.)
      Hoping for a great new phone! I may buy it when this comes out if it’s staggeringly good.

    • dsouza

      I am not sure how better this screen will be when compared to a 1920×1080. Also remember that the GPU will need to be very powerful to sustain decent FPS at the resolution of 2560×1440. I would expect that either gaming in this phone will drain the battery quite fast (because of the GPU), or then the games will render at lower resolutions (which would not take the advantage of a higher resolution display).

    • apianist16

      I think 2014 will be a pivotal year for Samsung. They have the customer base, now we will see whether or not they can hold it. Associating themselves with the premium crowd was a good start, i.e. putting the faux leather on the Note 3. If they put a metal case on the S5, I think we could have a real winner.

      P.S. The S5 will have top of the line specs for early 2014. That should go without saying. The appeal factor is a major hurdle that they have to overcome. Example: S4 vs. HTC One: HTC One wins that hands-down.

      • Bishop

        True, HTC One has the better build quality, but in the end, the Galaxy S4 easily outsold the HTC One. In all honesty, I don’t think that for the majority of the Galaxy customers Samsung has, build quality has been an issue for them and they seem to be doing fine just fine with their current built quality.

        They will continue down a similar path of the Note 3, but it won’t break them if they don’t have a premium build like the HTC One.

        Personally, I keep my cell phones in a case at all time, so I don’t even look at the frame that much. What I do look at 100% of the time, is the screen. I guess that’s why that tends to be more important to me than the back cover. Plus I love the removable battery and sd card slot.

        • apianist16

          I agree. I guess I am talking more about people who buy iPhones because they “like having their phone reflect the amount of money they spent on it.” The appeal of white polycarbonate just hasn’t caught up with aluminum yet. :P

          • Bishop

            yeah, if you are trying to win over that crowd, I understand your point. It just seems that Apple fans stick to their phones and even if Samsung builds a premium design phone, I’m not sure that may be enough to turn them away from their beloved Apple lol….. Maybe the Apple fans that want a larger screen, are the ones most likely to go to Android if the new iPhone isn’t larger, maybe. At that point, they may go to HTC if build design is that important to them….. Unless Samsung ends up coming out with an even more premium and expensive Galaxy line? We’ll see :D

            • apianist16

              2014 is going to be awesome!

        • John-Phillip Saayman

          Excellent point!

        • k

          GS4 is available in more towns in the world, and sales people always push galaxy phones harder than htc phones.

    • loonz123

      There’s really no need for Samsung to go beyond a 1080P 5″ screen. What they need to do is overhaul the clownish looking and resource heavy Touchwiz. It needs a sophisticated look and a much lighter footprint.

    • chira

      Bad bad bad samnsung fuck

    • zamroni

      The screen size is just half inch smaller than first Galaxy Note.
      I plan to buy smaller phone shortly. Currently use Nexus 4. Big phone is not ok when on the move.

      • Jayfeather787

        I agree. Nexus 4 is a great phone though. Maybe you could consider Moto G?

      • Azeem

        5.25 is .05, which is 1/20th of an inch.

      • flamencoguy

        They could come out with an S5 Mini just like the S4 mini :)

        • k

          I am hoping the same. Why not make an S5 mini with the exact same specs as the S5 (atleast the ram and processor/camera) LIKE SONY DID WITH Z1 mini,… but launch it with the S5!

    • thomasisaiah99

      Please let their be a major redesign in the Physical appearance.

    • Android Developer

      the first galaxy note was 5.3 inch.
      please samsung don’t make the S series displays larger again.
      let it stay a normal size display and not a phablet display…

    • SHRN

      Cheap looking phone with cheap materials. Use it for 1 year and it will start to have cracks everywhere. Touchwiz is really really bad with some lousy features. I’m using a Samsung phone myself and I’m really disappointed. One thing I love is the android OS that’s why I got the Samsung but will never get another Samsung again. Nexus 5 or an iPhone 6 will be my next choice….

    • Mastermuffin

      Samsung can suck my dick!
      Nexus FTW!!

    • John-Phillip Saayman

      I love the Note 3 and it’s screen size. Wonder if the Galaxy s5 is better to get even though it’s got a smaller screen. Battery life will also be an issue. What to do? What to do?

    • Jay Holm

      Were S4 sales really that bad? How did the S4 sell compared to the S3? I preordered my S4, and have had mine since April 29th.

      • MSmith79

        The sales were awesome compared to every other current Android phone. They hit 40 million units at the end of October, which was 6 months after the release. However they’re not on track to meet their own sales projections of 80-100 million units by May 2014, which would mean they probably won’t beat S3 sales of 90 million units either. S3 hit 30 million units at the 3 month mark.

      • k

        S3 was more easily holdable than the S4, and even the htc one was. And it was better looking with not too much difference in specs. Thats why the GS4 slowed down in sales.

    • MSmith79

      Samsung tries out so many software tricks and hardware variants. How about just giving me a model with either on-screen buttons or 3 capacitive buttons that you can customize? The button configuration they’ve gone with (physical home button and a menu button instead of a recent apps button) means that I’ll never be a customer. I used the S4 for three months for work and hated it for that reason. HTC One is even worse with just 2 buttons and nothing in the center. The LG G2 is best except for the buttons on the back and the super cheap feel of the whole phone.

    • Nick Jennings

      Samsung really doesn’t make great phones, anymore. Sorry samsung fans but it’s true. With that put aside. I think the Galaxy series is good in comparison but samsung has to get their displays looking better. The color hue is what deters me from getting a galaxy. I’ll stick to Motorola or LG.

    • Josh

      2K non-amoled screen, over 530ppi, less than 7.5mm thin, 64bit chip, metal backing, 16mp dual LED flash w/ OIS, 5.1 inch screen,3200mAh battery, Snapdragon 805, 3GB ram, 32GB base model, fingerprint sensor, 4mp front facing camera,

    • AndrewBL

      All the new Galaxy Tab Pro have a 2K display so the chances the samsung galaxy s5 have an awesome 2560×1440 screen are high and that’s great :)

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